The Pros and Cons of Going All-Electric
With no building background at all I have been quite interested in better building practices, building science and the likes when we have decided to build our own custom home. I wanted to go Passive House if we could afford it but at the moment we are not quite there yet, so trying to do the next best thing given our budget constraints – to just build the best house we can with our resources.
One of the top priorities of this build is good indoor air quality (due to medical issues). Somehow somewhere through my research I learned that going all-electric is the way to go. Now that we are in the forefront of the house project steps (major decision making – picking exact materials and systems we want to use in the house) I am not quite sure whether going all-electric is the best fit for us and need some feedback and/or advice. This is a slab-on-grade, 1-story, 2400 sf house.
We aren’t going to use a PV system (though that idea was appealing to me). What are the pros and cons of going all-electric vs typical mix of electric and natural gas to power various equipment/systems in the house? If we are going to go all-electric we would probably need a generator of some sort as we would be totally incapacitated during a long outage. We recently went through the horrible TX Deep Freeze 2021 two months ago and thankfully our rental has a gas-operated stove so it was a lil bit more manageable than if we couldn’t cook food like normal. Which leads me to another question, natural gas hookup ready for generator use. If we are going to do that, then maybe just be ok with a combo of electricity and natural gas operation inside the house.
Unfortunately I do not remember what article(s) I read that led me to want to have an all-electric house but I suppose we were going to do that because of less risk of gas emissions from natural gas use in a pretty tight modern build. We are also planning to being more energy efficient in the choices of windows, appliances, etc.
Your help would be greatly appreciated.
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